The series between the Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Clippers shifts back to LA for game 3 on Thursday night. The Phoenix Suns hold a 2-0 series lead after winning game two in dramatic fashion. Kawhi Leonard will remain out for the Los Angeles Clippers and Chris Paul is expected to be back for the Suns. Devin Booker and the Suns had an off night shooting the ball in game two, but with Paul being back that shouldn’t continue.
The Pick: Suns ML (-118)
The Why: Chris Paul is back
This comes down to what is valued more. Do you value the Clippers winning another game three at home, do you value the Suns having their leader back? For me, I value the Suns getting Chris Paul back. The Clippers have been down 0-2 in both series this playoff and have ended up winning game three. However, that was with Kawhi Leonard. We all know the Clippers are a totally different team with Leonard in. Now they are relying too much on Paul George, who has looked very fatigued late down the stretch in the two games this series.
I think game two was the best chance to make this game a series. The Suns shot 23% from three, got 29 points from Cameron Payne and Devin Booker shooting 5-16 and still won the game. If the Clippers can’t beat the Suns under those circumstances, then I don’t know how they beat them with Paul coming back. The Suns have shot the ball at a 37% clip in the postseason, so we should see a better shooting performance in game three. Also, Devin Booker will score more than 20 points with Paul back to run with him.
All in all, we’re going to take the Suns to take a 3-0 series lead. That game two loss was a gut punch to the Clippers so I question how they’re going to come out still being without their best player. Chris Paul being back for the Suns is huge as he will take the some load off of Devin Booker. The Suns will also shoot the ball much better from three. Take the Suns and take the points out of it.
Trends We’re Betting On
Suns are 9-0 SU in the last 9
Suns are 6-1 SU in their last 7 road games
Suns are 50-17 as favorites
Yesterday’s Pick: Athletics ML ❌
Athletics had a hard time getting the bats going until late in the game and the Rangers just kept matching them. Tough loss.
AtoZ Pick Of The Day Record: 10-12-1